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Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Archival Science, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Digital Humanities

 

 

Digitized Collections:

 

Thomas Seir Cummings papers, circa 1824-1983, bulk 1824-1894

 

New York painter Thomas Seir Cummings (1804-1894) was one of the most acclaimed miniaturists of the nineteenth century. He helped found the National Academy of Design in 1826, served as treasurer for almost forty years, and published a history of the organization in 1865.

 

Jeff Donaldson papers, 1918-2005, bulk 1960s-2005

 

Jeff Donaldson (1932-2004) was an African American artist and art educator in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Donaldson was a leading figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s as he promoted "TransAfrican"-aesthetic.

 

Exhibition records of the Contemporary Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art, 1943-1975

 

The Contemporary Study Wing of the Finch College Museum of Art, later called simply the "Contemporary Wing," was established in 1964 by the president of Finch College, Roland De Marco, as an extension the Finch College Museum of Art in New York City. It operated until 1975, when increased costs and a lack of an endowment forced the entire institution to close permanently.

 

Marcia Marcus papers, 1928-2016, bulk 1950-2000

 

Marcia Marcus (1928- ) is a figurative painter working in New York, New York.

 

Samuel F. B. Morse papers, 1826-2009, bulk 1826-1871

 

Portrait painter and inventor Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872), was a founding member of the National Academy of Design who was subsequently known for his invention of the Morse code.

 

Henry Ward Ranger estate papers, 1888-1999, bulk 1904-1954

 

Tonalist landscape and marine painter, Henry Ward Ranger (1858-1916), became a full academician of the National Academy of Design in 1906 and bequeathed his entire residuary estate to the academy. The investment of this substantial gift of nearly $400,000, known as the Ranger fund, would provide for the purchase of paintings by living American artists, which were distributed or accessioned by the Smithsonian Institution's then National Collection of Fine Arts.

 

Samuel T. Shaw papers, 1889-1946

 

Samuel T. Shaw (1861-1945) was a New York-based collector and patron of American Art. Shaw was co-proprietor of the Grand Union Hotel in New York City, along with Simeon Ford, for over thirty years and was also a nationally known art collector and patron of the arts. He was a member of the National Academy of Design, Salmagundi Club, Society of American Artists, and other art organizations.

 

Photographs of works of art by George Inness compiled by Julia G. Smith, circa 1926-1929

 

Julia Goodrich Smith (1853-1941) was George Inness, Jr.'s widow. George Inness, Jr. (1854-1926), was born in Paris, the son of celebrated American artist George Inness, and spent much of his life traveling throughout Europe and the United States painting landscapes and pastoral scenes.

 

 

 

 

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